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Q: My child is getting ready to leave for sleepaway Bible camp for the first time.
I'm already sensing that she'll be homesick.
How can I help prepare her for her time away from home?
A: It's natural for kids, especially younger, first-time campers, to miss home for the first few days of camp.
Reassure your daughter that she'll be safe with her counselors and that she'll have fun with new friends.
Tell her you'll be waiting for her when camp ends, and keep an upbeat attitude.
Tuck a letter of encouragement into her suitcase/bag. Your camp also likely has daily mail delivery (both U.S. postage and email).
Don't prolong your goodbye at drop-off; stretching out your departure can add more stress to your child's start of camp.
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